Archive for the ‘Safety Issues’ Category

A lesson on tyre selection

When it comes to buying tyres we’re pretty sure most AUSmotive readers won’t skimp out and will buy something that will provide better than average performance in wet and dry conditions. However, we think it’s a pretty safe bet that you all know someone who does buy tyres on price. Everyone loves a good deal, […]

VIDEO: Other people make mistakes

One of the biggest issues we all face as road users is the ability to self-critique. We all think we’re good drivers. So, perhaps, when we see a road safety campaign we might think to ourselves, “Yeah, but I’m a good driver so that message doesn’t relate to me.” Hopefully, you do have the willingness […]

2013 national road toll falls by 8 per cent

The headline stat from the 2013 national road toll is promising news showing fatalities fell by 8 per cent. New South Wales and Victoria registered record low numbers, with South Australia and Tasmania the only jurisdictions to record an increase compared with 2012 numbers. A total of 1193 road users were killed on Australian roads […]

Stars fail to align for BMW i3

As an all-electric city car the BMW i3 is going to have to deal with its fair share of naysayers and detractors. So word from Euro NCAP saying the i3 failed to achieve a maximum five-star safety rating will come as a blow. Ever since the Renault Laguna was the first car to score a […]

Volkswagen AG announces international recalls

Volkswagen AG issued an international recall notice on Friday which will affect over 2.6 million vehicles worldwide. A total of three campaigns are being run: Tiguan vehicle lights (affecting approximately 800,000 vehicles) DQ200 DSG oil change (affecting approximately 1.6 million vehicles) Amarok fuel pipe (affecting approximately 240,000 vehicles) Tiguans built between 2008–11 will have a […]

Victorian Coroner clears Volkswagen in Ryan case

On Friday Victorian Coroner Heather Spooner delivered her findings into the investigation of the death of Melissa Ryan in 2011. The case came to prominence earlier this year after a concerted campaign from Fairfax Media. Ryan died from head injuries suffered after her car was hit from behind by a B-double semi trailer. The truck […]

And there was heaps of bananas

Driving when you’re stoned, or blazed even, is not a particularly good idea. Sure you might get a few laughs, but deep down you know it’s pretty stupid. As these three Kiwi kids show.

It’s the hot weather, stupid

Volkswagen UK has felt the need to clarify a few things after being asked if they would join countries like Australia, China, Europe, Japan, New Zealand and the United States in carrying out a voluntary recall relating to the 7-speed DQ200 DSG transmission. In short, the answer is: No! “It is a problem that relates […]

Audi, Skoda to join Australian DSG recall

The news just keeps getting worse for the Volkswagen Group with word that Audi and Skoda will be joining Volkswagen Australia in the voluntary recall to remedy problems with the 7-speed DSG (DQ200) transmission. Nothing official has yet to emerge from the PR departments of Audi or Skoda but it is understood over 6200 A1 […]

Volkswagen Australia announces voluntary recall

As expected Volkswagen has this morning announced an official recall. The announcement only covers vehicles fitted with a 7-speed DSG transmission (DQ200) built from June 2008 to September 2011. Notices will go out to affected owners from next month. There is no word yet on an official recall for diesel powered models that may be […]

Official recall looms for Volkswagen Australia

News Limited brings word of an expected recall to be announced by Volkswagen following intense media scrutiny over the last couple of weeks. Volkswagen’s direct shift gearbox (DSG) will be the main focus with as many as 25,000 vehicles built between June 2008 and September 2011 expected to be covered by the recall, including Polo, […]

MINI says makeup or drive

Apparently there’s a real problem in Mexico with women applying makeup while they drive. In response MINI has come up with this public safety announcement. [Source: MotoringFile]

Volkswagen Australia now offering free inspections

Volkswagen Australia has made its first genuine attempt to win back the confidence of concerned owners who have been complaining about a number of reliability problems in the wake of heavy media scrutiny regarding the Victorian coronial inquest into the death of Melissa Ryan. It follows an official response to Fairfax Media commentary issued by […]

Fairfax ramps up scrutiny on Volkswagen

The fallout from Fairfax Media’s article last Friday, reporting on cases of Volkswagen’s suddenly losing power, continues to gather momentum. First, Volkswagen issued an official response after the original Fairfax article was flooded with comments from concerned owners. Since then Fairfax has continued to run stories about concerned Volkswagen owners and Volkswagen Australia has reportedly […]

Volkswagen Australia responds to Fairfax Media

In a not unexpected development Volkswagen has issued an official response to yesterday’s Fairfax Media article: Volkswagen Group Australia Response to Fairfax The coronial inquest regarding the death of Ms. Ryan is still ongoing, we will not comment on the investigation, except to say that we are cooperating fully and the assertion by Fairfax that […]